I returned today from a three-day hike on the Pine Mountain Trail (PMT). My friend Gabe and I walked approximately 28.5 miles over the three days. We walked sixteen miles on the PMT and eight and half or so on loops, which are trails that diverge from the main PMT. The whole PMT (minus loops) is 23 miles. We ended on walking the entire trail, but we decided to cut the final day short, because I left Jenni home sick. She has been fighting strep throat while I have been gone. Here are some pictures and commentary.
This was on day one. A nice ridge view.
A view of the trail on day one.
Cooking on day one. Two of the best purchases I made for this trip were the sleeping pad I am sitting on and the Jetboil cooking stove….it boils 2 cups of water in less than 2 minutes!
On day two, we stop by this interesting looking rock formation.
Walking down the trail on day two with Gabe taking the lead.
Walkin’ down the trail…yeah…we did a lot of walking.
We came across this huge tree with a gigantic hole at the base of the trunk. After taking Gabe’s picture, he told me to stand in the tree. I peeked in and this is what I saw…
On Day Three we stopped at Odie Outlook, the best view of the three days.
Here I am at the Eastern entrance to the trail, which was the end of the trail for us. We started on the Western end. The blue tube looking thing on my chest is the tube to my hydration “bladder” within my pack. I highly recommend it for a long hike. It allows you to drink while you walk. I ended up drinking about 4-5 liters of water a day.
I carried my Gideon’s New Testament (NKJV) with me on the trail.
The morning of day two I read :
Psalm 15:1-3 NKJV LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;  He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend.
God’s “holy hill.” Pine Mountain may better be called a “hill” as compared to the Rockies or the Himalayas, but it has some pretty tough climbs in elevation. After all they don’t call it the Pine Plain Trail!
As we were walking I was thinking of these verses. God was present with us on the trail, but was I able to climb his holy hill? My prayer is that I walk uprightly…on the trail and in life. I am consumed with a desire to be upright in heart, word, and lifestyle. But I want to be authentically upright living for an audience of one.